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All about Baselining: RedLine Explains HPC Performance Methodology

In HPC we talk a lot about performance, and vendors are constantly striving to increase the performance of their components, but who out there is making sure that customers get the performance that they’re paying for? Well, according to their recently published ebook, a company called RedLine Performance Solutions has adopted that role with gusto.

Banshee Makes DRAM Cache up to 50 percent more efficient

Researchers from MIT, Intel, and ETH Zurich have developed a new cache-management scheme that improves the data rate of in-package DRAM caches by 33 to 50 percent. “The bandwidth in this in-package DRAM can be five times higher than off-package DRAM,” says Xiangyao Yu, a postdoc in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and first author on the new paper. “But it turns out that previous schemes spend too much traffic accessing metadata or moving data between in- and off-package DRAM, not really accessing data, and they waste a lot of bandwidth. The performance is not the best you can get from this new technology.”

GPUs Power Near-global Climate Simulation at 1 km Resolution

A new peer-reviewed paper is reportedly causing a stir in the climatology community. “The best hope for reducing long-standing global climate model biases, is through increasing the resolution to the kilometer scale. Here we present results from an ultra-high resolution non-hydrostatic climate model for a near-global setup running on the full Piz Daint supercomputer on 4888 GPUs.”

Take Our HPC & AI Survey and Win an Echo Show Device

The rise of AI could potentially spur huge growth for the High Performance Computing market, but what kinds of results are your peers already getting right now? There is one way to find out–by taking our HPC & AI Survey. In return, we’ll send you a free report with the results and enter your name in a drawing to win one of two Echo Show devices with Amazon Alexa technology.

Video: Best Practices between HPC centers and Industrial Users

Bill Kramer from NCSA gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee. “NCSA and Hyperion Research released a new study that examines HPC and Industry partnerships. Aimed at identifying and understanding best practices in partnerships between public high performance computing centers and private industry, the study aims to promote the vital transfer of scientific knowledge to industry and the important transfer of industrial experience to the scientific community.”

MIT Paper Sheds Light on How Neural Networks Think

MIT researchers have developed a new general-purpose technique sheds light on inner workings of neural nets trained to process language. “During training, a neural net continually readjusts thousands of internal parameters until it can reliably perform some task, such as identifying objects in digital images or translating text from one language to another. But on their own, the final values of those parameters say very little about how the neural net does what it does.”

New OrionX Survey: Insights in Artificial Intelligence

In this Radio Free HPC podcast, Dan Olds and Shahin Khan from OrionX describe their new AI Survey. “OrionX Research has completed one the most comprehensive surveys to date of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning. With over 300 respondents in North America, representing 13 industries, our model indicates a confidence level of 95% and a margin of error of 6%. Covering 144 questions/data points, it provides a comprehensive view of what customers are doing and planning to do with AI/ML/DL.”

New Study Uncovers Best Practices for Effective Partnerships between Public HPC Centers and Industrial Users

Today NCSA and Hyperion Research released a new study that examines HPC and Industry partnerships. Aimed at identifying and understanding best practices in partnerships between public high performance computing centers and private industry, the study aims to promote the vital transfer of scientific knowledge to industry and the important transfer of industrial experience to the scientific community.

Intersect360 Research Site Census Looks at HPC Interconnects

“Intersect360 Research has posted an Executive Summary of their most recent HPC User Site Census on Interconnect Suppliers. The report provides an examination of the server interconnects and network characteristics found at a sample of HPC user sites. Intersect360 Research surveyed a broad range of users about their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and software supporting these computer installations.”

Proceedings from ISC 2017 are now available for download

The Proceedings from ISC 2017 are now available for download at no cost for a limited time. “We are pleased to announce that many fascinating topics in HPC are covered by the proceedings.”